Friday, July 18, 2008

HypocriticAl Gore

I'm not an environmentalist, though I believe we should reduce waste. In short I'm a firm believer of recycling. I'm also a firm believer of energy independence - not because of carbon footprints, but because I do not believe we should be so dependent on enemies resources.

That said, I also believe in alternative sources of energies because the price of gas is ridiculous, and if it helps keep cleaner air even better.

I walt to work (1 mile) every day under rain or exhausting heat. To save gas. I take the bus whenever possible. My husband will be taking the bus this fall to go to class and to work to save gas. We are in a pinch; financial yes, but a pinch nonetheless and we are willing to make the sacrifices to breathe easier (pun intended).

That is why it pisses me off that after Al Gore scared to death half the population of the world he is not even able to practice what he preaches. Do as I say not as I do...and his supporters seem to follow the same philosophy. But what is worse NO ONE calls him on it; except of course for the right. Where is the left outrage on this hypocrisy?

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Race in America

I saw the results of this poll the other day; I have not been able to read the entire article. However one thing strikes me: race is not an issue on the "white" side of the equation. As my husband aptly put it, who is the real racist?

The poll graphics speak very loudly about attitudes of blacks and whites, and frankly it seems blacks are a lot more racist than whites. Ah, but you will claim social desirability bias came into play. Maybe, but never to that extent to mark such a difference.


Friday, July 11, 2008

Racial Issue

We've been having a good laugh at the whole "black hole" brouhaha. Honestly, some people just either love to play the victim card or are just really looney.

On the hills of that Wal-Mart today pulled the comic books Memin. Now, I have to say, in the caribbean - at least in Puerto Rico - we grew up with Memin. It was never meant to be racist; I've said many times race in the Caribbean was dealt with very different from here. Yes we made fun of it, but in an affective way. A sort of "Mama Ines" way or "Mama Dolores" way.

Back to Memin, I want to highlight this only because the comic got pulled after Blacks complained that it was racist. Here is where cultures collide, and probably why some times Blacks and Hispanics don't mix. We just have different ways of viewing things. I don't agree with Memin being pulled; but I'm just one person. I'm sure many Hispanics (like my friends and I) for example are having a laugh at this out of disbelief.

Racial politics need to end; I refuse to walk around eggshells when I speak.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Cuba and Canada

Can you really be surprised by this? It is not the first time Cuba is in arrears and it will not be the last. There is a reason why USA only trades with Cuba in cash.

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Big Day

Today is THE big day in which I reach the milestone of defending my dissertation proposal. This means, I have about a year to graduate, finish and become a Ph.D. in Marketing.

Papi's passing almost prevented me from reaching this goal, yet at the same time motivated me to not give up. We are not quitter and that would've been an affront to the value Papi placed on education.

As my nerves awaken, and my anxiety heightens, I know he will be watching and keeping me company; and one way or another he will tell me how proud he is. With this behind me, I hope to not only restart my blogging here, but to actually re-earn my status as contributor at Babalu.

Wish me luck!